Ossipee woman indicted in Brewster embezzlement scheme


June 18, 2009
OSSIPEE — An Ossipee woman and former Brewster Academy business office employee has been indicted on four felony charges for allegedly forging 92 checks and stealing thousands of dollars from the Wolfeboro boarding school's accounts.

On June 5, a Carroll County Grand Jury indicted Barbara Ouellette, 62, of 29 Huckins Street in Center Ossipee, on the Class A felonies of theft by misapplication of property and theft by unauthorized taking, and two counts of the Class B felony of forgery. The crimes allegedly occurred over a nearly seven-year timeframe, beginning in December 2001.

A Class A felony carries a sentence of seven to 15 years, while conviction on a Class B felony results in three-and-a-half to seven years of imprisonment. If found guilty on all counts, Ouellette could receive up to 44 years in prison.

Court documents charge that on or between Dec. 20, 2001, and Dec. 29, 2006, Ouellette committed theft by misapplication of property when "she obtained money from Citizens Bank, the property of Brewster Academy, which she was required to deposit into petty cash and/or student accounts." The charge claims that those funds—exceeding a total of $1,000—were never deposited.

A second Class A felony indictment for theft by unauthorized taking alleges that Ouellette "obtained or exercised unauthorized control" over more than $1,000 on or between March 29, 2002, and Oct. 31, 2008.

The Class B felony charges claim that Ouellette falsified a total of 92 checks—26 on or between Oct. 14, 2005, and Sept. 24, 2008, and 66 on or between March 29, 2002, and Oct. 31, 2008—by forging longtime Brewster Business Manager Bob Simoneau's signature. The checks were drawn on Brewster Academy accounts.

As of press time, it was unknown exactly how much money was missing from Brewster's accounts.

Ouellette is no longer employed by the school.

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